Saturday, November 10, 2007

Showin' Out

A little known fact about me is that I used cater weddings. Once I got a kitchen of my "own" (I lived in the dorms all 4 years of college) I learned the joy that is cooking for others. Many catering gigs kicked that inclination up a notch. I even spent the day before I got married cooking a huge pot of tomato corn chowder for all of our friends/family that were in town. Some people thought that I was nuts, but it was actually very relaxing.

Today I got the chance to tap into those mad catering skills as I offered to help with some food for my friend, Jen's, baby shower. Here is a before picture of my Crudite Platter:


Know what the big-ol' potatoey looking veg is on the cutting mat?? Jicama.

After:


Doesn't this make you want to eat your veggies??

The BabyGurl we were celebrating today, Ms. Amara, is in Ethiopia. Click on this link for a glimpse of her cuteness. Jen & Lionel are on a cloud. It is pretty awesome to see a really-real friend get her referral and celebrate big time. The party was fun and full of big love for the new parents. Cool.

Here is the gift that I made for Amara.


I wonder what she'll name her?

In other creative news, here is a Kitty that has been waiting to be finished up for nearly a year. Both the Teddy & Kitty have sat unstuffed, without faces for far too long. Now they are free to smirk!


This one is going to a dear friend's daughter who has had some difficult surgical proceedures in the past couple weeks. It has been rough on baby & parents. My heart goes out to them.

Finally, be sure that you go hug a Vet this weekend.


Hugs, Dad! XO

18 comments:

Mamacita said...

Love jicama....not so much the baby corn. blech.

I love the colors on the new kitty and the little heart shoes? Preciosos!

Jenni said...

That makes even me want to eat some veggies!

Lili & Robin said...

oh so beautiful veggies! I just recently read that Jicama has lots of anti-toxin properties like garlic! Good and good for ya! Congrats to your friend and new baby girl! :)

Tammy said...

Mmmm, I could go for some of that colorful goodness (made with love). Never had jicama, but with dip anything is yummy. :0)

Katie J said...

Oh those veggies look delicious. I like jicama and I think I'll put it on my next veggie tray. Congrats to your friends. I know it's joyful to congratulate your friends, but I also know how difficult it can be when you're still waiting for your good news.

Those animals are adorable by the way.

i-Con said...

You are my cooking, crafty hero. I want to have those skills when I grow up.

Beeb said...

Yummy platter & oh so cute animules!

lisa said...

I love jicama-and those little shoes are adorable! I really need to stuff the dolls laying on my sewing machine... ~lmc

Avery's Mom & Dad said...

yeah that doesn't even surprise me that cooking is relaxing for you....me not so much!! except if I make soup(I make amazing soups, and really good cornbread) I love jicama.
Love Amara's bear....love those shoes. Once again you have done it again my crafty friend.
So excited for Jen to go get that little princess....she is a beauty.

isepa said...

dang good looking platter!

walternatives said...

Your crudite platter is gorgeous! And Amara is going to love the cuddly from her Auntie W, I'm sure. Very creative, you!

Shannon said...

You are super woman for sure! The total package. =) Jicama is tasty. I haven't seen it very often since I left Cali. Amara is a very pretty name and the stuffies for both children are adorable.

PS thanks for the TLA for me'n' J. Cracked me up!

steph said...

I'd love to eat more veggies if you'd like to come and make them look like that all the time (0:

tundrachica said...

You are just too crafty for me..but I do love your stuffed cuties!

kris said...

Yummyyyyyy! I didn't know this about you (catering)... so cool.

LOVE the stuffies... you are amazing! I'm so not crafty!

Mrs. Vandertramp said...

so many inspiring people out there, and you're one of them. I checked my slow cooker at lunch and I think I even managed to ruin that dish!

Jen said...

Okay, being on the receiving end of Ms. W's creative inventions, I have to say she ROCKS. The platter was divine, yummy, beautiful, all of the above. And the doll, well, we were speechless. It is work of love. I can't wait to know what Amara will name it too. Probably some cool Amharic name.

Thanks for all you did to make our day so bright! I have such wonderful people for Amara to meet.

See you this weekend! Vroom, vroom.

Shelba said...

That is a damn fine crudite platter. And love the dolls!!! So sweet!